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Expression Forms of Hyperbole in Mandarin Chinese

This paper focuses on expression forms of hyperbole. In Mandarin Chinese, hyperbole is one of the most regular rhetorical methods which has been observed from the ancient time. Hyperbole as one of the traditional rhetorical devices has been mentioned in WEN XIN DIAO LONG in Chinese Liang of the Southern dynasties. In previous studies, description and explanation of hyperbole are normally from the perspective of pragmatics or cognitive semantics. However, in language usage, different syntactical structures can express the same or similar meanings. As for hyperbole, as long as the semantic combination of components approaches the extreme value, the meaning of hyperbole can be interpreted. The expression forms can be some words, such as some Chinese adverbs “kuai4yao4” (about to) “jiu4yao4” (be going to), “cha4dianr3” (almost), “ji1hu1” (almost), “xian3xie1” (nearly), “jian3zhi2” (simply) and “hao3xiang4” (seem). It also can be some phrases, such as modifier-head construction, subject-predicate construction, verb-complement construction and so on. Some sentences also can express the meaning of hyperbole, such as “lian” sentence, comparative sentence and so on. Even some complex sentences can express the meaning of hyperbole, such as hypothetical complex sentence and sequential complex sentence. Such research perspective can help us find out different forms of hyperbole under the same internal meaning.

Hyperbole, Rhetoric, Syntax, Semantics

APA Style

Shuang, H. (2024). Expression Forms of Hyperbole in Mandarin Chinese. International Journal of Language and Linguistics, 12(1), 27-31.

ACS Style

Shuang, H. Expression Forms of Hyperbole in Mandarin Chinese. Int. J. Lang. Linguist. 2024, 12(1), 27-31. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20241201.14

AMA Style

Shuang H. Expression Forms of Hyperbole in Mandarin Chinese. Int J Lang Linguist. 2024;12(1):27-31. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20241201.14

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